DEBORAH S. COLDWELL

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1990

M.A.T., Colorado College, 1979

B.A., Colorado State University, 1974

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Languages

Spanish

Profile

Deborah Coldwell represents franchisors, distributors, joint ventures, limited liability companies, partnerships and the individuals who run those companies in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. She has litigated across several industries – from hotels and restaurants to health clubs and tax preparation services to product and service-based franchise and distribution networks. 

Deb will help bring a business solution to a dispute when possible and is skilled in representing clients in mediations and other settlement proceedings. But when litigation is inevitable, she is fully prepared to go to trial or arbitration and to fight for a company and its officers. To that end, she litigated a successful six week jury trial in Texas state court in a joint venture dispute. Nationally-ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA, (Chambers & Partners, 2009–2016) in the franchise law category, clients describe her as an “outstanding trial lawyer,” “very poised, thoughtful and smart,” and as “an especially good advocate.”

Deb loves to organize and motivate teams to accomplish short and long term goals. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the 2,000-plus member American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. She also served the Forum as the editor-in-chief of the Franchise Law Journal and as its publications officer. Deb channels her love of sports by litigating sports law-related matters and serving as co-chair of Haynes and Boone’s Sports Law Practice Group.

Prior to attending law school, Deb worked in restaurants and taught junior high and college. Deb’s unique background helps her bring a practical approach to problem solving and allows her to assist clients to find an individual workable strategy in each case she handles. As a skilled and creative trial lawyer, Deb has the experience and flexibility to provide clients with quality representation on a “one size does not fit all” basis.

Chambers

Chambers USA | Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone Retains Strong Showing in Chambers USA 2016 Rankings

Haynes and Boone, LLP has again been honored in the annual Chambers USA 2016 directory. The widely-respected legal publication singled out 19 firm practice groups and 51 individual lawyers for recognition.


Published by Chambers & Partners in May 2016

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Professional and Community Activities

  • The Grant Halliburton Foundation, Board Member
  • ABA Forum on Franchising, Immediate Past Chair (2015-2017), Chair (2013-2015); Governing Committee Member (2009-2013); Publications Chair (2009-2013); Leadership (2006-2009)
  • ABA Franchise Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief (2006-2009)
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising Governing Committee
  • Women's Foodservice Forum (Leadership Development Committee)

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers

Eight Haynes and Boone Lawyers Receive “2016 Lawyer of the Year” Distinction by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers® has named eight Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers “2016 Lawyer of the Year,” one more than last year.


Published by Woodward/White, Inc., in August 2015

Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., as a "2016 Lawyer of the Year" in Franchise Law, 2016
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as a nationally recognized franchise lawyer in America, 2009-2016
  • Nominated by her peers as one of the world's leading franchise practitioners in The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, Law Business Research Ltd., 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
  • Inducted into inaugural Legal Eagles Hall of Fame, Franchise Times, 2013
  • Included as a Legal Eagle (top 100 franchise lawyers) in Franchise Times, Franchise Times Corp., 2004-2016
  • Selected by her peers in D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, as one of the "Best Women Lawyers in Dallas," 2010, and as one of the top lawyers in franchise and distribution law in Dallas, 2003-2016
  • Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2015
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Franchise Law, 2007-2016
  • Selected by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., as "2012 Dallas Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™

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